Auditor reading documents

23 January, 2020

New UK regulator should be freed to focus on audit

This will be an important year for the Financial Reporting Council as it continues
World Economic Forum, Davos

22 January, 2020

Why stakeholder capitalism is dominating the global business agenda

Like it or not the debate about “stakeholder capitalism” is coming to dominate discussion of big business around the world. Further evidence comes at this year’s
Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, US corporate governance

9 January, 2020

Five myths and five realities about the role of shareholders

In August, the Business Roundtable, led by JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, issued a well-meaning but ultimately confusing statement about
star rating, ranking, ISS rating

7 January, 2020

ISS governance rating downgrade ‘can hit share performance’

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is well-known for the impact of its controversial voting advice. But new research has revealed the power of its corporate governance rankin...
2020 sign

2 January, 2020

Key trends in corporate governance for 2020

'The government needs to push through key business reforms' Roger Barker, head of corporate governance at the
Extinction Rebellion, climate change

23 December, 2019

2019: The year in governance

It’s that time we when we look back on 2019 and try to make sense of it all, impose some meaning and shape on the issues as they unfolded throughout the past 12 months. One thing we won’t do, h...
boardroom, chair, chairman, board, ftse 100

28 November, 2019

A manifesto for UK leadership on corporate governance

In October, MPs and peers voted in favour of an early general election in the UK, bringing to an end a Parliamentary session defined by Brexit but also characterised by the neglect of important busine...
business purpose, purpose and profits

27 November, 2019

British Academy issues principles to ‘put purpose at the heart of business’

Anglian Water this year changed its articles of association, or constitution, to recognise that its business purpose went beyond profits and benefits for shareholders to include long-term value for cu...
John McDonnell, Labour shadow chancellor

20 November, 2019

Labour announces plans for UK corporate governance reforms

The UK’s general election campaign turned its focus on corporate governance this week, as the Labour Party announced its proposals for reform. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell gave a speech listi...
active investors

7 October, 2019

Active investors bring about better governance, academics confirm

Active investors are piling the pressure on boards and companies to change their ways or improve their governance, but the effects of all that engagement are notoriously difficult to measure. With the...